Lum's Love Song

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"Lum no Love Song"
Yuko Matsutani - Lum no Love Song.jpg
Single by Yuko Matsutani
A-side "Lum's Love Song"
B-side "Uchuu wa Taihen da!"
Released October 21, 1981
Genre Anison
Label Canyon

Lum no Love Song (ラムのラブソング / Love Song of Lum) is the debut single of Japanese pop singer Yuko Matsutani. The single was released on October 21, 1981 and was created as the theme song for the anime series Urusei Yatsura. The song was used as the theme song from its debut on October 14, 1981 until the 77th episode released on July 20, 1983.

The song is also credited as "Urusei Yatsura no Theme" (うる星やつらのテーマ / Theme of Urusei Yatsura), as it is registered by JASRAC. It has become an iconic anime theme and has been covered by various artists throughout both Japan and South Korea.

Information[edit]

Lum no Love Song is the debut single by Japanese artist Yuko Matsutani.[1] The single debuted as the theme song for the anime series Urusei Yatsura on October 14, 1981, and was released physically on record on October 21, 1989. The song was used for the anime until the 77th episode, released on July 20, 1983.[2]

Both "Lum no Love Song" and the b-side, "Uchuu wa Taihen da!" (宇宙は大ヘンだ! / Space is Trouble!), were written by musical composer Izumi Kobayashi. The lyrical portions of both tracks were written by Akira Itou.[3]

"Lum no Love Song" is also credited as "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~" by JASRAC.[4]

Various artists have covered the title track, including Tomoya Nagase, Koda Misono, Nana Kitade and South Korean girl group Orange Caramel.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Lum no Love Song" (ラムのラブソング / Love Song of Lum) Akira Itou Izumi Kobayashi Izumi Kobayashi 2:44
2. "Uchuu wa Taihen da!" (宇宙は大ヘンだ! / Space is Trouble!) Akira Itou Izumi Kobayashi Izumi Kobayashi 3:25

Koda Misono's version[edit]

"Urusei Yatsura no Theme
~Lum no Love Song~/"Me"
うる星やつらのテーマ~ラムのラブソング~/「ミィ」"
MisonoUruseiYatsuraNoThemeLumNoLoveSongCDOnly.jpg
Single by misono
from the album Cover Album and Me
B-side "Me"
Released September 23, 2009
Format CD (AVCD-31697)
CD+DVD (AVCD-31696/B)
Recorded 2009
Genre J-Pop
Label Avex Trax
Songwriter(s) misono
misono singles chronology
"String Module Error: Match not found"
(2009)
"Urusei Yatsura no Theme
~Lum no Love Song~/"Me"
うる星やつらのテーマ~ラムのラブソング~/「ミィ」
"
(2009)
"String Module Error: Match not found"
(2009)
end=Start
(2009)
Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~
(2009)
Watashi Iro/Bokura Style
(2009)
Alternative cover
CD+DVD
CD+DVD

Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song/「Mii」 (うる星やつらのテーマ~ラムのラブソング~/「ミィ」 / Theme of Urusei Yatsura ~Love Song of Lum~/"Me") is the fourteenth single released by Japanese artist misono on September 23, 2009. The single was released the same day as her first cover album Cover Album. The single charted well on Oricon, taking the #18 position for the week; however, the single only remained on the charts for two weeks.

The first track, "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~", was a cover of Yuko Matsutani's song of the same name. The original song was used as the theme song for the anime Urusei Yatsura in the 1980s.

Information[edit]

On September 23, 2009, Japanese artist misono released her fourteenth single under the avex label, Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~/「Mii」. The single was released the same day as her first mini and cover album, aptly titled, Cover Album[5] The single peaked in the top 20 on the Oricon Singles Charts, coming in at #18 and remaining on the charts for two consecutive weeks.[6]

Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~/「Mii」 was released in two editions: CD and a CD+DVD combo. The CD came with both a-sides, along with their corresponding instrumentals.[7] The DVD contained the music video for "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~", but omitted the video for the other a-side, "「Mii」". Instead, the video "misono to Utaou! AniMedley I" (misonoと歌おう!アニメドレーI / Sing with misono! Animedley I) was included.[8] The song for the video came from the same-day released album Cover Album.[9]

The single's first a-side, "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~", was a cover of Yuko Matsutani's song of the same name. While the original composition was created by Izumi Kobayashi, Diamond Head's Susumu Nishikawa reworked and performed the instrumentals to misono's version to give it a more modern vibe. Susumu had previously worked with misono for several of her songs, including "Lovely♡Cat's Eye," "VS" and "Kodomo no Jijō>Otona no Shijō²."[10] For the other a-side, "「Mii」" (「ミィ」 / "Me"), misono worked with indie rock band PLECTRUM's guitarist Akira Fujita, who performed the music.[11] misono had worked with PLECTRUM prior for her single Ninin Sankyaku during her Rock Singles Project. [12]

When misono was asked during an interview on Sukkiri!! why she chose to cover Yuko Matsutani's song "Lum no Love Song," misono had responded how she saw the success her sister, Kumi Koda, received after she covered the 1980s anime theme song, "Cutie Honey." She said how she hoped her single would sell well if she also covered a popular anime theme song.[13] misono would release an alternative version of "「Mii」" on the single's corresponding studio album Me.

Music Video[edit]

Despite being an a-side, "「Mii」" did not receive a music video.

For "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~", misono is shown wearing pink slip lingerie while being filmed on a rotating stage. Much like her sister, Kumi Koda's, music video for "Cutie Honey," the music video begins with a television turning on. Other similarities between the videos including a musical rift where misono takes off her lingerie to reveal her bikini. This is not unlike the rift in her sister's video, where Kumi is shown in seductive clothing while she dances on a bar. The video ends with the television showing misono donning several different outfits. The ending leads into the next music video.

The video for "misono to Utaou! AniMedley I" beings with the same television from the previous video turning on to show misono wearing the bikini from "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~". Throughout the video, misono dons a different outfit for each song in the medley. This includes a black crop top and cat ears for "Cat's Eye" by Anri, pigtails and glasses for "Wai Wai World" by Ado Mizumori, a sundress for "Candy♥Candy" by Mitsuko Horie, a pinafore / jumper for "Attack No.1" by Kumiko Ōsugi, and a vest and headband for "Hajimete no Chuu" by Anshin Papa.

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~" (うる星やつらのテーマ~ラムのラブソング~ / Theme of Urusei Yatsura ~Love Song of Lum~) Akira Itou Susumu Nishikawa Izumi Kobayashi 3:00
2. "「Mii」" (「ミィ」 / "Me") misono Akira Fujita misono 4:07
3. "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~" (Instrumental)   Susumu Nishikawa Izumi Kobayashi 3:00
4. "「Mii」" (Instrumental)   Akira Fujita misono 4:01
DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~" (Video Clip) 2:59
2. "misono to Utaou! AniMedley I" (Video Clip) 6:05

Charts[edit]

Oricon Sales Chart[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Day/Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
September 23, 2009 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 10
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 18 4,162 4,824
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart

Other artists who have recorded covers[edit]

1981
1984
1986
1997
1998
2000
  • KAKO
2001
  • Gemini
  • MA-U
2002
  • HEAVY HITTER
  • Kaco
2003
  • KENETEK
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Urusei Yatsura (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ "宇宙は大ヘンだ! 松谷祐子 - 歌詞タイム". kasi-time. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "嫁のテンションも上がる?サルサ/ラテンアレンジのカバー7曲". Yashiro-bu. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "misono、シングル&アルバム9/23同時発売 (misono, releases single and album simultaneously)". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "うる星やつらのテーマ 〜ラムのラブソング〜/「ミィ」 / misono / ORICON STYLE (archive)". Oricon Archives. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Urusei Yatsura no Theme ~Lum no Love Song~ (Japan Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Urusei Yatsura no Theme Lum no Love Song/Mii (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  9. ^ "DISCOGRAPHY". misono Official. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Susumu Nishikawa". VGMdb. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Misono - うる星やつらのテーマ ~ラムのラブソング~ /「ミィ」". Discogs. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Misono - 生 -Say- (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "ラムのラブソング - ラムのラブソングの概要". Weblio. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 

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